Underrated Restaurants: Lunch at Friendly Toast

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Boston has no shortage of popular eateries. From time to time, however, a very good restaurant seems to fall through the cracks and misses out on the recognition it deserves. In this semi-regular series, we will share our picks for those underrated dining spots that might strike your fancy.

Up next: The Friendly Toast.

I think most people reading this have at least heard of Friendly Toast: the long lined, crazy delicious breakfast spot. But until recently, I had never bothered to turn the menu past the breakfast page. I always enjoyed the Anadama bread, the Ole Miss and Huevos Rancheros.

This week, I discovered the lunch menu and was just as happy. (And full!) Friendly Toast offers an expansive lunch menu full of sandwiches, burritos and more. We must have spent about 20 minutes investigating the menu, trying to make sure we each got the best sandwich. There are too many choices!

To help ease the transition from the sweet breakfast foods to their savory lunch menu, try the Granny Melt. It’s a croissant with Swiss and cheddar, apples and onions sautéed in brown sugar. It might sound like an odd combination, but it was so good, that everyone at our table sat silent for a few minutes, digging into the sandwich.

The lunch menu is just as full of delicious options as the breakfast menu. Tons of vegetarian options, crazy yummy breads (rosemary bread for my BLT? Yes please!) and amazing side dishes.

Yes, the line is usually out the door. Yes, the service could be better. Yes, it sometimes feels more cluttered than kitch. But the food speaks for itself.  Did I mention the amazing home fries? They alone are worth the wait.